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June 23, 2014 Applauds New Cooking School that Provides Access to Culinary Education for Low Income Students

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In response to an article by,, a directory of culinary schools based in New York, reports on The Institute for Culinary Awareness Research and Education, a brand new cooking school in Ft. Myers, Florida, offers an affordable culinary education.

BOHEMIA, N.Y., June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ —, an online directory of culinary schools in New York, comments on the recent opening of The Institute for Culinary Awareness Research and Education (ICARE) in Fort Myers, Florida.

According to a June 16th article published by titled “Two local chefs cook up a culinary school for everyone,” two chefs are now making it possible for students of all income levels to receive a quality education in the culinary arts, something that is essential to work in professional kitchens. Founders James Fraser and Ruth Cohen are committed to offering access to cooking education to those who would not be able to afford it otherwise. Fraser comments that a quality culinary education is often expensive, preventing many talented potential students from attending. ICARE was founded with this in mind.

In the article, the founders also discuss their plans to turn food education into a community affair. In addition to the teaching facility, which is equipped with state of the art cooking and teaching equipment, the school plans to add community gardens to the area surrounding the building. The founders are also planning on offering classes on nutrition, sustainability, and gardening to local residents. According to the article, Fraser and Cohen are hoping to create a community that is well educated on where their food comes from and how to prepare it.

Andrew Girard, a representative at, an online directory of culinary schools in New York, commends Fraser and Cohen on founding the ICARE School. “Fraser and Cohen’s initiative is a refreshing contribution to the culinary arts education scene.” He adds, “It is a sad to think that budding chefs with raw talent could be prevented from reaching their culinary potential due to financial concerns. Granting access to culinary education to those who couldn’t afford it otherwise will give the gift of opportunity to tomorrow’s great culinary artists.”

Girard says ICARE’s commitment to educating the community on where food comes from is very impressive. “Now more than ever, it is important for members of local communities to understand the origins of the foods that they are consuming. Prepackaged and processed foods have never been more available, and it has become increasingly common to choose these foods over fresh, natural food preparation.” He concludes, “Programs like this one have great potential to put cooks back in the kitchen and increase the use of fresh, natural ingredients, which promote better health for the community.” is the leading source for information on culinary degrees, culinary schools and cooking programs. Maintained by, a popular resource for job seekers and employers, helps prospective chefs, teachers, restaurant managers and culinary students find schools, jobs, and programs best suited for their needs. is an affiliate of, a similar directory featuring the top colleges for art schools in New York.


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